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Near Fort Laramie in Goshen County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Old Bedlam

 
 
Old Bedlam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
1. Old Bedlam Marker
Captions: (left side, top to bottom) Group on porch of “Old Bedlam.” 1864.; Drawing of Fort Laramie, 1863.; “Old Bedlam” before restoration.
Inscription. This graceful old structure, built in 1849, is the oldest standing building in Wyoming. It was nicknamed “Old Bedlam” because of boisterous sounds supposedly heard while it was occupied by bachelor officiers.

Shown in an 1889 photograph, “Old Bedlam” is generally regarded as the Bachelor Officiers Quarters. However, the left half was used as Post Headquarters and Commanders Apartment in the 1860ís and, at various times, the building was occupied by married officiers.
 
Location. 42° 12.211′ N, 104° 33.457′ W. Marker is near Fort Laramie, Wyoming, in Goshen County. Marker can be reached from Gray Rocks Road near Wyoming Highway 160. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 965 Gray Rocks Road, Fort Laramie WY 82212, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sutlerís Store (a few steps from this marker); “Officers Row” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); Transcontinental Telegraph
Old Bedlam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
2. Old Bedlam Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Laramie (within shouting distance of this marker); Infantry Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Laramie.
 
More about this marker. This marker is at the Fort Laramie National Historic Site.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Laramie, Old Bedlam, Fort Laramie, Goshen County, WY. The Historic American Buildings Survey record for Old Bedlam. (Submitted on December 23, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
"Old Bedlam" barracks image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
3. "Old Bedlam" barracks
"Old Bedlam" barracks image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
4. "Old Bedlam" barracks
Inside Old Bedlam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2015
5. Inside Old Bedlam
Inside Old Bedlam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2015
6. Inside Old Bedlam
<i> Fort Laramie, Old Bedlam, Fort Laramie, Goshen County, WY/<i> image. Click for full size.
1939
7. Fort Laramie, Old Bedlam, Fort Laramie, Goshen County, WY/
Prior to restoration. Similar, if not identical, to the photo on the marker. Photo courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey.
"Old Bedlam" - Post-Restoration image. Click for full size.
8. "Old Bedlam" - Post-Restoration
Post-restoration the building had a historical marker in front of it. Only the top two lines are legible:Officer's Quarters; "Old Bedlam"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 20, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   5, 6. submitted on August 11, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7, 8. submitted on December 23, 2014. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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